Ribble Valley teenager airlifted to hospital after smash

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FIREFIGHTERS have praised the bravery of a 15-year-old girl who they freed from a Land Rover car which overturned on the outskirts of Newton on Thursday morning.

Two fire crews from Clitheroe, local police officers and paramedics rushed to Easington Road just before 8-30 a.m.. They used specialist cutting equipment to free the teenager whose leg was trapped between the dash board and roof of the Land Rover.

It took firefighters 45 minutes to stabilise the vehicle and the young girl before they were able to cut away part of the Land Rover to free her leg.

The teenager was then taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital by air ambulance where she was treated for leg injuries.

Dave McGrath, watch manager at Clitheroe Fire Station, described the teenager as “an extremely brave young girl”.

The male, who was driving the Land Rover at the time of the accident, is not believed to have been hurt.